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Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was is the story of radio’s role in the 20th century transformation of the African American community. First aired in 1996, the specials have been reformatted into six hours for 2021. Original host Lou Rawls guides us, with new narration from original producer Jacquie Gales Webb. Through interviews, historical airchecks, comedy, drama, and music, the series reveals the remarkable correlation between milestones of Black radio programming and African American culture. Among other topics the series explores the role of radio during the great migration of Blacks from the South, trail-blazing Black DJs and stations, and Black radio during the Civil Rights movement.

  • From: PRX
  • Updated: Jan 19, 2021
Caption: Kenrick McRae has been stopped by Montreal police dozens of times since moving to the city in 2006. Some months, he says, he has been pulled over up to 15 times., Credit: Submitted by Kenrick McRae
One evening in 2015, Montrealer Kenrick McRae was pulled over by police. The officer told him his licence plate lights weren’t bright enough. So af...

Bought by WKMS, KICI Iowa City, KWMU St. Louis, and KUGS Bellingham, Wash.


  • Added: Jan 19, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Gomes de Zurara, the Portuguese inventor of blackness (and whiteness), highlighted, on The Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon, Portugal. , Credit: Harvey Barrison
One-hour historical documentary that tells the story of the construction of race, and racism, as we live with them today.

Bought by KZMU Moab Community Radio, KICI Iowa City, South Dakota Public Broadcasting - Radio, Spokane Public Radio, WITF and more


  • Added: Oct 22, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 94